We have just completed our Community Classroom schedule up until the end of May! All winter and spring classes are now listed here (and we've even started posting a few fall classes too!).
Dozens of new classes in a variety of subjects are starting every month, each taught by an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate educator. Click on the categories below to browse by subject area.
- Arts & Culture
- Chocolate & Food
- Crime & Justice
- Design & Decor
- Film & Television
- Games & Recreation
- Health & Psychology
- History & Issues
- Local History
- Nature (and Gardening!)
- Wine Tastings
February is a month of many meanings—I Love to Read, Black History, Valentine's Day—and our Community Classroom has dozens of new classes that will help you get the most out of this short, but busy month. Click on the titles below to read more and/or register. Or, visit our Community Classroom page to view all classes starting in February!
I Love to Read
- Aspects of Plath—Looking at new material, consider Plath as a hopeful and complex figure who produced some of the most important poetry from the second half of the 20th century. (Starts Saturday, February 15)
Black History Month
- Slavery: From the Transatlantic Trade to the Contemporary World—Examine the concept of slavery, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and how slavery has transformed itself in our contemporary world. (Starts Thursday, February 6)
- Preaching to the Choir: The Life and Works of R. Nathaniel Dett—Discover the music of this Canadian-born black composer who combined his musical gifts with an endless thirst for knowledge. (Wednesday, February 12)
Valentine's DayCategories: Poetry, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
Looking for something different to kick off your weekend? McNally Robinson Booksellers has partnered with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) on two classes in March and April—both of which will be taught by professor, musician and composer Sean Irvine.
Each class is a unique opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of jazz music. Click on the titles below to learn more about and/or register for each session.
- Lady Soul: The Story of Aretha Franklin (March 13)—There's a story behind each of this great singer, songwriter and activist's monumental achievements.
- The Lick (April 3 & 26)—A composition and arranging workshop where participants help build the framework to a new composition, AND the cost includes a ticket to the WJO's Carpathian Blues concert on April 26.
View all upcoming music classes here!Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
May 2020 will mark 150 years since what is now Manitoba became Canada's fifth province, and we think this anniversary is a great opportunity to look back at different aspects of our province's history. To that end, the Community Classroom is pleased to present our Local History Series—ten classes between January and May that give you the opportunity to learn more about some of the diverse groups of people, stories and developments that made Manitoba what it is today.
Click on any of the classes below to learn more and to register!
- Manitoba Treaties, Past and Present (January 13)
- Residential Schools and Settler Colonialism (February 5)
- The Haunted History of Manitoba (February 7)
- How Railways Built Manitoba (Starts February 19)
- Not Talking Union: North American Mennonites and Labour (March 10)
- An Explorer's Guide to Abandoned Manitoba (Starts April 1)
- Introduction to Indigenous/Aboriginal Rights (April 7)
- Assiniboine Park: A History of Winnipeg's Iconic Playground (May 5)
- Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Blanket Exercise - A Historical Tool (May 7)
- The Icelanders in Manitoba (May 14)
Perhaps you've often wanted to read more poetry, but haven't been sure where to start. Or maybe you've always loved poetry and are looking to discover (or rediscover) some lesser known works. Or you might be somewhere in between. Whatever the case, what better way to start 2020—a new year and a new decade—than by reflecting on twenty important works of poetry that span the 20th century?
Bibliophile Lara Rae has put together a collection of significant poems, starting after the First World War, by writers from T.S. Eliot to Carol Ann Duffy, and will be examining them in her upcoming class, The 20th Century in 20 Poems, starting Wednesday, January 8th. Since the century began, poetry has been describing our world and our times in thrilling and frightening ways, and today it has never been more important. Its history and context may even be able to give us clues about where the ancient art form will take us next.Categories: Poetry, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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